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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 12-01-2012, 08:24 PM
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Tires

I just purchased a used 08 528xi. Everything so far is fine, but I've noticed that I although there is a lot of tread on the tires, there is throbbing sound at low speeds. I'm assuming that the tires may need to me balanced and rotated. My question is this: is this something that I must go to the dealer for? Or can I go to a Goodyear for this? I am obviously a rookie, so please pardon my ignorance.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:23 PM
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You can go to any tire place to get your tires balanced.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:12 PM
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+ 1 Just make sure they road force balance them!
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:17 PM
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So I got the balanced and rotated , and the guy said the problem is that I need an alignment as he noticed uneven tread wear. This is something that must be done by the dealer. My question is this: since my warrantee has not run out, is this a covered expense? And if not, how much damage will I incur? (Funds are currently limited!)
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:21 PM
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Go to firestone. $80 at most.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:23 PM
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Cool. So Firestone can be trusted?
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:45 PM
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Also, I've noticed a tpm alert now. How can this be reset?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:26 PM
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Do you perhaps have a leaking tire or something? As for resetting it is in the systems menu.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:28 PM
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No when I got the tires balanced and rotated, it came on.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:16 AM
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Do you know how to reset it?
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:18 AM
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I figured it out this am. Thank you though.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:04 AM
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Cool. So Firestone can be trusted?


I had a very negative experience with them, but in fairness, it was in the Philadelphia area and some decades below.
I would use a shop specializing in alignment and balancing.
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:11 PM
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:02 PM
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throbbing sound

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I just purchased a used 08 528xi. Everything so far is fine, but I've noticed that I although there is a lot of tread on the tires, there is throbbing sound at low speeds. I'm assuming that the tires may need to me balanced and rotated. My question is this: is this something that I must go to the dealer for? Or can I go to a Goodyear for this? I am obviously a rookie, so please pardon my ignorance.
My friend start with the tires and if ok hyave someone checkout your suspension .
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:21 PM
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Check on Tire Rack, www.tirerack.com, and read tests/reviews of your tires and see if the "throbbing" sound is a characteristic of these tires. If so, you may have found your problem. Tires vary greatly in the amount of noise that they produce.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:21 AM
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I would first see dealer and get an idea of what your problem could be. Them if it is within ur budget have it fix there or get a second opinion.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:30 PM
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This thread is slightly out of date, but if you get throbbing sound from the rear, definitely check the inside of your tires for severe wear. The negative camber on these cars will wear out the inside of the tire and produce odd sounds when you're riding on the belts. I also experienced a loud roar/thrum and a squirmy rear end feel. Checked the tire from the side and tread was perfect. Took it to Discount Tire and they pulled me to the rear of the car and showed me the inside of the tire....I was riding on belts. Immediately dialed out some camber to save the new tires.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:36 PM
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So I got the balanced and rotated , and the guy said the problem is that I need an alignment as he noticed uneven tread wear. This is something that must be done by the dealer. My question is this: since my warrantee has not run out, is this a covered expense? And if not, how much damage will I incur? (Funds are currently limited!)
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Alignments are not covered under warranty.

I use a good independent Goodyear tire installer (on the Tire Rack recommended installer list) who does my (Road Force) alignments for $90. I also give him enough business, he will "check" my alignment for free and not charge me for the work (happened after I slammed a NJ pothole). Dealer normal price in NJ for alignment is $199, they were running a special for $129, only charged me $99 during some recent work I had done. Go to TireRack.com and click on "installation" on the home page, enter your zip code and they will give local shops they deal with - a good place to start. If your tires are worn badly, balancing and alignment won't hurt, but may not help ride/noise much. If you have the original equipment Goodyear tires (regular or especially run flats) you probably won't be happy with the ride or noise until you change them. Great cars shipped with crappy tires.
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I just purchased a used 08 528xi. Everything so far is fine, but I've noticed that I although there is a lot of tread on the tires, there is throbbing sound at low speeds. I'm assuming that the tires may need to me balanced and rotated. My question is this: is this something that I must go to the dealer for? Or can I go to a Goodyear for this? I am obviously a rookie, so please pardon my ignorance.
My first question is, Are these Run Flat Tires? RFTs. If so just replace them with regular performance tires.
When I bought my 535 sedan it had Dunlop RFTs and they were god awful and made a droning sound. Basically you are driving on steel drums with a thin coat of rubber. I always advise people to just ditch them and get regular quality tires. Continental, Michelin, Yokohama, Kumho, many choices. Tire Rack does a good job on their selections and they have great phone support.
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